According to multiple reports, Joel Embiid will be listed as OUT for Game 3 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. However, Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that initial designation does not necessarily preclude Embiid from playing Friday.
“There’s still progress that could be made to change his availability vs. Heat on Friday,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
The Sixers are currently listing Joel Embiid as out for Game 3, but there’s still progress that could be made to change his availability vs. Heat on Friday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 5, 2022
Meanwhile, Neubeck wrote that Embiid’s status ahead of Thursday’s 5 p.m. could be subject to change.
“He is still in the process of being cleared — don’t think it means he’s definitively out for Game 3,” Neubeck tweeted, “but (this is) where things stand in return to play steps right now.”
Joel Embiid will be listed as OUT as of the 5 pm reporting deadline tonight, I’m told. He is still in the process of being cleared — don’t think it means he’s definitively out for Game 3, but where things stand in return to play steps right now— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) May 5, 2022
Neubeck followed up by saying it’s not possible for the Sixers to label him as anything other than “out” before he clears concussion protocol, hence that listing.
They can’t list him as anything other than out until he clears the concussion protocol. I can’t tell you whether he will or won’t with certainty, but listing him “out” right now does not necessarily mean he doesn’t play, it means he hasn’t cleared it *yet* https://t.co/f9J5uxA7SC— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) May 5, 2022
As of now, Embiid cannot suit up Friday. But this situation appears fluid and there’s a chance he’s ready to go by game time.
[Editor’s update, Shams Charania has reported that Embiid has now cleared concussion protocol and is doing all he can to play. He’s still listed officially “out” but he’s at least cleared that critical hurdle making this situation seem fluid].
76ers All-NBA star Joel Embiid has cleared concussion protocols. Dealing with orbital fracture and a torn ligament in thumb, Embiid is doing everything possible to be available to play in Game 3 tonight vs. Miami.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 6, 2022